Broken finger – Worth bothering A&E?

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  • Broken finger – Worth bothering A&E?
  • Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    I busted a finger last night at Karate. It is bruised and sausage-like but, apart from hurt like a bastard, it still points in the right direction and I can bend it a bit (see hurting comment).

    Is there any point in going to A&E?

    nickjb
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    Have you got a minor injuries unit nearby?

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Just checked…

    No.

    taxi25
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    Difficult one, Mrs taxi broke a toe a couple of weeks ago. After 4hrs in AE without being seen she decided it wasn’t worth bothering them about and went home 😂
    You hands are more important though, depending on what you do can you strap it and rest it properly. If not you might get complications with it healing.

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Will tape it to the next one.

    Premier Icon edhornby
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    Go to Salford Royal A&E now, it won’t be too busy and they are better than NMGH

    schrickvr6
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    I was sure I’d broken my thumb last year and mid house refurb thought I’d just get on with, after two months of pushing through the pain barrier and having developed a raging case of tendonitis because I was using my hand like a claw one night it popped back into socket, oops.

    Ro5ey
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    If you ask Suzy in accounts to pull your finger …. I reckon you’ll end up in A&E pretty quick.

    I would. The tendon can shorten and leave you with a permanently bent finger.

    sarawak
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    Don’t bother. I broke two bones in my hand. Went to A&E who said nothing they could do. Paracetamol and rest, as usual. Now third and smallest fingers are permanently bent inwards. Was worse originally but I self physio’d and got them straight enough to live with.

    If you don’t want to get pregnant and you’re not suitable for a TV programme they wont be interested and you’ll just waste untold hours.

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    go, check blood supply, gangrene will stink the place out till your finger drops off

    [gammon]it’s what we pay our taxes for [/gammon]

    Premier Icon funkrodent
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    As above go. Insist on x-ray and follow up appointment with trauma unit. Big risk is if blood supply is affected and that can lead to horrible complications. Also if broken its important to ensure that it is set correctly.

    If you factor the risk/hassle quotient, a few hours in a&e and a follow up appointment is nothing compared to the implications if something goes wrong with it..

    Bunnyhop
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    Yes go. My friend is an OT specialising in hands/fingers and if you don’t get it sorted, there could be problems later.

    More importantly can you ride Monday night?

    ads678
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    I would. The tendon can shorten and leave you with a permanently bent finger.

    I’ve got one of those, and thats after going to A&E, having it xray’d and them saying it wasn’t broken….

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    More importantly can you ride Monday night?

    Dunno. Will find out eh?

    Premier Icon MoreCashThanDash
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    Go – MrsMC damaged her finger a few years ago on holiday in Cornwall, waited a few days to get it checked when we got home, confirmed it was broken. Partly due to an existing disability in that hand, despite 3-4 operations at the local hand clinic which is supposedly one of the best in the country, wires stuck in and out etc etc, she now has a permanently broken finger.

    When LittleMissMC bust her finger earlier this year, the Minor Injuries Unit saw it was broken on the x-ray and got her a next day appointment at the specialist hand unit, though this might have been a growth plate issue which may not affect you

    fossy
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    With a hand/finger best get checked out. Broke toes a few times, and other than blue/black bruises, now’t you can do – currently got the toe next to my ‘left big toe’ healing from a break.

    Even an emergency GP session is better than nothing. Most A&E’s will triage you first, so you might just be told to strap it up, without the wait.

    trumpton
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    get it checked out. You may need a splint to straighten it. You do not want it setting in the wrong position.

    baddddad
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    No* definitely listen to all the wonderful, experienced doctors here on STW

    *Yes unless you want to risk it healing wrong and giving you shit for years

    shermer75
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    Yes, get it sorted, finger joints go stiff super quickly and then it’s ridiculously hard to get them moving again (if you can at all). And being stuck with an immovable, non functional finger for the rest if your life is massive pain in the arse!

    shermer75
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    Do you have a GP you can see tomorrow morning? You’ll end up at the same place but with less waiting around (possibly!)

    jamesco
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    After a chat with a consultant neighbour I bought a mallet splint from amazon along with some self adhesive tape and incredibly followed his advice to cure a severed tendon and broken finger tip by ‘self medicating’, took a while and some patience/perseverance but six months later it is absolutely straight and flexes perfectly.

    Premier Icon deadkenny
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    When I bust finger at BPW, it was A&E job as clearly broken. Got cast for that, then went to local hospital back home to get it checked. They weren’t interested in the actually broken one, that’ll heal, but they were very concerned at the bruised swollen one on the other hand.

    X-ray, yeah, tendon or ligament pulling bone off. Mallet injury which could cause permanent damage, and needed sorting especially as was my index finger I use for braking. Long period of wearing a mallet splint, further x-rays and then physio for a while as the thing wouldn’t bend properly.

    IMO, get it checked.

    Premier Icon timbog160
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    Yes go, but choose your time. I went in with what turned out to be torn ligaments, and was in and out (including X-ray) in less than 30 minutes – outstanding service.

    Premier Icon Drac
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    Minor Injuries Unit for minor fractures like that if you are indeed near Salford there’s plenty to choose from.

    Premier Icon TomB
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    I work in A&E. Fingers are important, and identifying the injury and linking in to the appropriate orthopaedic follow up is a good idea. In our spot it gets busier the later in the day you come in. A minor injury unit with X-ray should offer the required facilities and may be quicker.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    I’d go, I broke mine, but was slightly distracted by my impromptu extra elbow in my other arm. Got them to look at it next time and they agreed it was fecked but nothing they could do about it now without making it worse!

    I’d go to A&E, my experience of minor injuries is they just look at you and ask why aren’t you in A&E!

    If you don’t want to get pregnant and you’re not suitable for a TV programme they wont be interested and you’ll just waste untold hours.

    I’m trying to figure WTF you’re on about?

    Premier Icon cheers_drive
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    From experience of a finger fracture I’d say get in x-rayed either a minor injuries or A&E to check that everything is still ok.

    Premier Icon bearnecessities
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    I went to minor injuries/walk in centre. Got dismissively sent away.

    Turned out eventually I had a broken and dislocated finger which will never be right again, as a result of the wait.

    So yeah, A&E.🙂

    olddog
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    Yes get it x-rayed – long story follows

    I came off my bike a couple of years ago. Realised broken finger,couldn’t bend at all. Went to MIU, got x-ray. Showed bad break – referred to hospital, then for surgery next day. Middle joint of finger was totalled mashed ( doctor’s word) – bits of finger bone manipulated roughly back into position and metal rod hammered down the center of the bone and through the joint to hold it all together. Six weeks, pin out them 6 weeks of excruciating physio. Finger is ugly but now 90% functional, and I boulder so my fingers are pretty important. If I’d left it there is a good chance I wouldn’t have a functioning finger.

    jim25
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    I’ve broken several fingers over the years, I snap a pencil in half and tape it around the finger to keep straight for 5 days or so, then carry on as much as normal

    curzon
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    I feel your pain. Literally! As i’m sitting here with both hands in a plaster splint after breaking both my little fingers at the Marin trail on Sat. Like most on hear i left it until Tuesday to go t A&E, thinkingg it more important to go celebrate after the event with a beer and pizza rather than go get any attention.

    Now after best part of 2 days lost inA&E and Surgical assesment. Plan seems tobe nothingg can do for RH, and LH need to make decision if to go for surgery or not. Seems left hand is more of a cruushed joit RH is more clean break.

    Excuse spelling errors, only got 2 fingers left to stab keyboard with!

    nbt
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    As above, get it seen to. I bust my toe and took the MTFU route including a week’s off-piste skiing. Turns out it wasn’t bust it was dislocated but by the time I found out there was nowt they could do but chop out the joint and fuse the bones together.

    Premier Icon Harry_the_Spider
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    Update.

    I’ve got 90%+ movement back today. I can almost close it up and make a fist, but not with any pressure. It still looks a bit black and blue, but the swelling has gone down quite a lot and it no longer resembles the last carrot in Tesco on Christmas Eve.

    Premier Icon deadkenny
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    Careful. As I mentioned with mallet injury, it was tearing off the bone, taking a bit with it. The concern is it would still seem to work but at any point could rip off, then there’s a much bigger problem.

    Premier Icon gaidong
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    Nice to know I’m not alone in finger crippledom. I put an axe into my left hand (don’t ask) two weeks ago, severing nerve, tendon and bone right through my left index’s first knuckle joint. I was operated the next morning and am now sat at my mum’s place watching everyone else enjoy the pool. Off to the Alps on the 28th…. back brake really that useful??? 🙂

    shinton
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    I fell off Wednesday night at Llandegla and ended up going to the minor injuries unit at Northwich yesterday. I was seen within 15 minutes and an x-ray showed a fractured metacarpal on my ring finger. Mightily impressed with the treatment I got which was essentially a remote diagnosis by the doctor at Crewe resulting in my ring finger being taped to my pinky and being fitted for a glove to keep the hand stable and I was on my way within an hour. For small injuries like this its covered by the Virtual Fracture Clinic where everything is handled remotely and they will be calling me up on Monday to check all is OK.

    Premier Icon theotherjonv
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    Undiagnosed mallet finger here too.  Tough to blame a&e because being an expert in finger injuries (ex wicketkeeper and goalkeeper, it’s an occupational hazard) it looked straight, seemed to work and so I taped it to the next one and carried on. Then I found out I’m not an expert in finger injuries after all and consequently have a little finger that makes me look like a posh tea drinker.

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